LG Releasing Curved TV in May

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LG is having quite the busy day, with the release of the Optimus F5 occuring immediately after yesterday’s announcement. In addition to this, LG made the anticipated announcement that their curved OLED TV, the first of its kind, will be available within the next month. The curved TV is a really unique idea that has mostly only been seen in IMAX theaters. The curved screen allows viewers to feel more engrossed in the experience. For those unfamiliar with OLED technology, OLEDs are LEDs made with organic material. Though manufacturing costs are currently extremely high, the actual material should cost less to produce than LEDs once mass manufacturing methods are created. OLED tech offers much better pictures than LED and plasma. Refresh times are incredibly quick, and viewing angles are every bit as good as plasma TVs. Color depth is better than in any other current technology, and this includes black levels. There is also no ghosting when using OLEDs. OLEDs are flexible, which has helped the curved OLED TV to be possible. With any new technology though, the price tag is an initial deterrent for early adopters. A 55″ flat OLED screen will cost $12,000. The curved OLED TV also …

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Nokia Asha 210 – Price, Specs and Pictures

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Nokia is busy fighting the top dogs in the Smartphone industry, but it is the top dog in the feature phone market. To further strengthen its position, the Finnish company has launched the Nokia Asha 210, the latest in the Asha series. This phone aimed at the youth who rely heavily on texting and are extremely budget conscious. This is evident from the bright colors, the low price and some interesting features present in this device. The phone comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and is available in both single and dual SIM models. The dual SIM version comes with an EASY SWAP feature which allows the user to change the secondary SIM without switching off the handset. The Asha 210 has a design language similar to the Lumia series and the phone will be available in five different colors Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black and White. It supports access to Facebook, Twitter and popular email accounts and also has a YouTube app for direct video streaming. The phone has a soft – touch plastic body and even though it is not a single piece of polycarbonate, Nokia has tried to make it look similar to Lumia series by making the casing …

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Nokia QWERTY Phone Coming Soon

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I still use a Nokia E5 just for its comfortable QWERTY keyboard. So, when Nokia released the image above along with a teaser about an event to be held tomorrow, I am one of those very few people who are excited about it! “On Wednesday morning at 7am GMT we will be announcing something new, followed by a Q&A session with Neil Broadley from our Mobile Phones team and a special guest,” wrote Ian Delaney on the Conversations by Nokia blog. The image gives the device a rounded design language which the public has now come to associate with the company’s latest feature phones. The image also does show the keys “Z” and “Shift Keys” which implies there is a physical QWERTY keyboard involved. Currently none of the Windows Phone 8 devices come with a hardware keyboard. The Nokia’s Asha feature phones come with a QWERTY and also do closely resemble the design language of the latest Nokia Lumia releases hinting that this is probably an “Asha” model. The market does lack a Windows Phone with a hardware keyboard and if that is due tomorrow then Nokia has the unique opportunity in bridging the gap. But given the strict hardware controls that Microsoft enforces …

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WhatsApp Is Now Bigger Than Twitter

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In 2009, WhatsApp was introduced to the world. Based in Silicon Valley, WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging service that saves people from carrier SMS text messaging charges which have been on the rise lately. This app now has more than 200 million active users. The company CEO, Jan Koum, was speaking earlier this week at the Dive into Mobile Conference and has mentioned that they are currently processing 20 billion messages everyday of which 12 billion are outbound and 8 million are inbound. He also announced that “WhatsApp is now bigger than Twitter”. Jan Koum did not share any specific figures though. This almost-free messaging app is available for iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Nokia. Nokia even put a dedicated key on its recently released Nokia Asha 210. WhatsApp is seen as an internet based threat to messaging than as a competitor to social networks like Facebook and Twitter even though some features overlap. Koum has announced that WhatsApp will not be following Facebook and Twitter in carrying advertisement within the app. They intend to keep the subscription model of 1$ per year for the foreseeable future. Koum also denied rumors that the company is in talks with Google to sell …

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Internet Sales Tax Gaining Momentum in Washington

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If you’ve been one of the many people who have enjoyed shopping on sites such as Amazon, then you might be in for a surprise the next time you make a purchase. Instead of only having to pay sales tax if the online retailer is based out of your same state, you might have to pay sales tax anytime you make an online purchase if a bill passes through Congress. What this bill would do if it became law is require any online business to charge sales tax based on where the buyer is living. An estimated $23 billion in sales tax was lost last year because of out-of-state purchases. This bill would also help to strengthen local businesses, as they would be on the same playing field as their out-of-state online competitors. Despite this being in essence a tax increase, Republicans in the U.S. Senate have backed the bill, citing how it does nothing more than give states authority to enforce their own tax laws. In the current proposed bill, online retailers who make less than $1 million in sales would be exempt from the law, so it still would allow small businesses to grow and expand without needing …

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Amazon Joins the Advertising Market

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Google has been the undisputed king of internet advertising for many years now. With access to our search history, Google has a great wealth of knowledge of each individual they come in contact with. What they don’t have though, is our spending habits, something that would be very important for giving us advertisements on what to spend our money on. Amazon has this information, and they’re not starting to use it. Amazon has been doing advertising within their own borders so to speak for many years now. They’ve been storing the data on search history within the store as well as what items you buy in order to give you the best suggestions that they could. Google has been using our information to create advertisements for so long that it has just become an accepted fact. Search results, location, downloaded apps, and other minute details about our lives have only gotten them so far. Amazon offers a unique position in the advertising market because they know what we’re willing to spend large amounts of money on. Everyone else can find our interests, but Amazon knows what we like to purchase, something that advertisers desperately would want to know. Although Amazon …

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Order Pizza from Your Xbox 360

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Have you ever been so engrossed in a game to where you’ve completely lost track of time? Usually the growl of the stomach will awaken a gamer back to reality, letting them know that they haven’t eaten (or done anything else for that matter) in hours. Pizza Hut and Microsoft have teamed up to solve that issue by allowing you to order pizza through Xbox Live. The Pizza Hut app is the first of its kind for Microsoft’s console. Gamers now have access to the entire Pizza Hut menu with just a click of a button on their controller. Unlike cell phone apps where the menu can sometimes be limited depending on your location, the Xbox app will feature the entire menu as if you were ordering online. You can also make specialty orders, such as eliminating sauce or cheese from your pizza if that’s your thing. Another cool integration is that you can use Kinect for gestures and voice command, making ordering pizza even easier than ever. That’s not all though, as you can also share your order on Facebook if you feel so inclined.   This new app is just one more way for Microsoft make their console appeal …

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Razer Honors Unintended 90 Percent Off Coupon that Went Viral

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If you’ve been PC gaming for awhile, it’s likely that you’ve heard of Razer. Razer is a company that produces some of the best peripherals for PC gaming fanatics. Recently, a 90% off coupon for items bought through Razer’s online store leaked, allowing consumers to buy some of the best peripherals money can buy for just a fraction of their intended cost. In a surprising twist, Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan announced today through a statement that Razer will not invalidate these orders, despite that being well within their legal rights. Instead, Razer will honor the orders made using this coupon, delighting the many gamers who used the coupon. Razer will take a huge loss financially because of this due to the number of orders made, but it is likely that they have built strong customer support that they’ll have for many more years. With such a niche market previously, it definitely won’t hurt for them to get their product into the hands of people who were unwilling to pay the cost before they knew how valuable the product really was. Min-Liang Tan did note that it would likely take several weeks or even months before the orders will be filled, but …

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Google Fiber Expanding to Utah

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If you haven’t heard any tech news lately, Google is working on a project that will hopefully revolutionize our internet usage. Google Fiber has been launched in Kansas City. It was announced last week that it would expand to Austin, TX. Now, Google has announced that Provo, UT will get Google Fiber. Google Fiber is going to be great for consumers once it becomes more widespread. Google is offering 1 gigabit per second for $70 a month, an additional TV package that features a wide selection for another $50 a month, and if you don’t want to pay for a subscription than you can get 5 megabit per second internet for a one time $300 fee, which has often been waved. Subscription packages don’t require this fee. What’s going on is that Google is installing fiber optics in these cities and offering this service to people in the area. Prices are similar to what consumers pay for cable connections currently, but the internet speed will be roughly 100x faster. Google also promises that HD picture will be far more clear, with less of a need for file compression. Provo, Utah might seem like a strange choice to some, but Google …

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Galaxy S4 Release Dates Announced for US Networks

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For all those Android fans out there looking for a new phone over the next year, if you haven’t heard, the Galaxy S4 is supposed to be pretty good. If you’re like me and on the verge of needing a new cell phone, then you’ve probably at least considered it. If you are interested in buying the new phone from Samsung, then you’ll be happy to know that it’ll be available for seven different carriers over the next two weeks. The Galaxy S4 will offer an impressive list of carriers, covering all of the major US networks. Those carriers are AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, Cricket, and C Spire. Samsung has stated that all carriers will have the new phone by the end of the month. Samsung has left the carriers to make their own announcements for release dates and their individual pricing, and some of the major networks have made those announcements already. AT&T Pre-orders started on April 16th for AT&T, where you can pick up the 16 gig Galaxy S4 in either white or black for $199.99 with a two year plan. Though no official release date has been set, the tentative shipping date is April 30th. T-Mobile …

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